The Scottish Border country is very accessible either by car or bus from Edinburgh. Here one can admire the rolling hills with flocks of sheep – or the craggy coastline.
The Border towns are famous for their textile trade in cashmere and wool both knitted and woven. It is possible to visit some of the mills – and their well priced mill shops! Sir Walter Scott lived and wrote here in his home – Abbotsford which is open to the public.
There are many ruins of formerly wealthy abbeys – Kelso, Jedburgh and Melrose being three of them. Traquair House is well worth visiting. It is one of the oldest inhabited fine houses in Scotland and from here is brewed the various Traquair Ales. If you like stately homes, Mellerstain is a good example among many.
In the late Spring season there are a series of festivals in the Borders which are symbols of the working man establishing their rights to common pasture lands. These are known as The Common Ridings – Galashiels, Jedburgh, Selkirk, Hawick, Langholm and Lauder all have various forms – some ancient, some not so ancient but all fun.
The Border Country is a rich source for myth, magic and legend. It holds the origins for Thamas the Rhymer and Michael the Wizard. Here is reputedly one of the entrances to Elfland !!
For sure it will entrance you !